Home Sermon Illustrations

Home Sermon Illustrations

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In 1886 the New England Society held a dinner in New York. Among the speakers was the great popular preacher, T. De Witt Talmage. In his address Dr. Talmage described the return home to the North of a Union soldier after the Civil War. Then a young man on the staff of the Atlanta Constitution arose to speak. In simple pathos he described the Confederate soldier as he came back, ragged and wasted, in his faded gray uniform, to his ruined and desolate home in the South. The next morning Henry W. Grady awoke to find himself famous. Everybody wanted to hear him speak. Eulogy and flattery poured in on him like a flood from all parts of the nation.

One day he closed his desk at the office of the Constitution and, telling his associates that he was not sure when he would be back, disappeared. No one saw him or heard of him for a week. He had gone to the Georgia farm where his mother still lived. When she met him at the door, he said, "Mother, I have come back to spend some time with you. I have been losing my ideals out in the world where I am living. I am forgetting the things I learned here in the old home, and God is getting away from me. I have come back to you, Mother, to live for a little while." The famous orator was a boy again with his mother, the two wandering together over the fields, talking, praying, singing together. Then he went back to the city, refreshed and strengthened, ready to face the temptations of life.

A man who had traveled far in the world went back to visit his native village. Everything was changed: there was not a street, store, or house which he could recognize. Even the fields and the trees were different. But there was one thing which was just the same, and that was the spring out of which, as a thirsty, barefoot boy, he used to drink.

An early religious training is a fountain which never ceases to flow and to which the world-sated and time-weary soul returns to quench his thirst.

Cheating Ourselves

Dr. J. Wilbur Chapman tells the story of a philanthropist who bade a contractor, who had been very unfortunate, build him a dwelling, and gave him authority to choose the material and to govern every part of its construction. At last the house was finished, but the contractor had felt that this was an opportunity for him to recover some of his lost fortune, and had put into it the poorest material and the faultiest of work. When the house was finished the philanthropist said, "This house is for you and your family, and you can live in it as long as you please. It is yours forever," and then the poor man realized that he had built a house in which he himself must live. He thought he was cheating the other man, but he had really been cheating himself. That is the way we are cheated when we fail in doing our duty concerning our own homes. No man, or woman, or child ever robs the home life of any good thing which ought to be there without cheating themselves just as this contractor did. They must live there, and many people find home a cruel, heartless place because they themselves have failed in their duty.—Rev. R. Cameron.

A Fine Tribute to American Christian Homes

"I have not been able to find a single and useful institution which has not been founded by either an intensely religious man or by the son of a praying father or a praying mother. I have made this statement before the Chambers of Commerce of all the largest cities of the country, and have asked them to bring forward a case that is an exception to this rule. Thus far, I have not heard of a single one."—Roger Babson.

The Meaning of Home

Why is it that "there's no place like home?" A personal friend of the beloved Bible teacher Dr. C. I. Scofield invited him to spend a night in the former's home. In his letter of reply Dr. Scofield wrote: "I like to be able to think of people who deeply interest me in their homes. Downtown we are all pretty much alike, but at home we are just ourselves. That is the very sweetest thing said of those in Christ who have 'fallen on sleep'—`at home with the Lord.' For `at home' we are at ease; we throw off care; we are understood, and loved, and welcome." There is the answer to our question. And if Heaven is our home, how true it is that there's no place like home! Christ does not intend that we shall be satisfied with anything less than Heaven as our dwelling place; for it is He in His personal presence there who will make it both Heaven and home.Sunday School Times.

Does Christ Abide in Our Home?

A minister of a colored church was hearing the experiences of his people at a class meeting. One woman spoke of the preciousness of her religion and the comfort and happiness she found in it. "That is delightful," said the pastor, "but how about the practical side? Does it make you kind in the home, cheerful, sweet and loving?" The pastor felt someone tugging at his coat tails and a man whispered, "Press dem questions, pastor! Press dem questions! Dat's my wife!"—"The Christlike Christian," by an Unknown Christian.

Battlements for the Christian Home

When thou buildest a new house, then thou shalt make a battlement for thy root, that thou bring not blood upon thine house, if any man fall from thence" (Deut. 22:8).

The Oriental home had a flat roof where family and friends were accustomed to assemble. For the protection of every man, woman, and child, God commanded that whosoever built a new home should provide battlements on the sides of the roof. The householder was solemnly instructed to see to it that these retaining walls were erected in order to avoid accident and possible loss of life—"that thou bring not blood upon thine house." God is concerned, my brother, about the kind of home you build. As a parent, you are responsible not only for the physical safety but also for the spiritual protection of every member of your household.Watchman Examiner.

Life at Home

A pastor who was commending religion to a boy expressed the hope that he would give his heart to Christ in his youth. "Religion is a continual joy," said he. "Look at your sister, Sarah. How much that dear girl enjoys her religion!" "Yes," replied the boy, "Sarah may enjoy her religion, but nobody else in the house does." The ideal Christian life in the home will make religion enjoyable to all its inmates.—Record of Christion work.

For a Happy Home

Patience, forbearance, kindness, forgiveness—these are essentials in every household; and they can come only through much prayer and supplication at the throne of grace.—Judge C. C. Featherstone

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